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SEX OFFENDER PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2013

 






Fayetteville, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Anthony Yager, 49, of Springdale, Arkansas, pleaded guilty yesterday to downloading child pornography. United States District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren accepted the guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville, Arkansas. At sentencing, Yager faces a minimum of 15 years and up to 40 years imprisonment without the possibility of parole for his crimes.

United States Attorney Eldridge commented, “The revictimization of children occurs every time videos like the ones involved in this case are downloaded or viewed. Crimes against children are among the most heinous crimes this office deals with, and we will continue to bring those involved in this despicable crime to justice.”

According to court records, during the months of October and November 2012, members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force were actively investigating the online trafficking of child pornography in Northwest Arkansas. In late November 2012, members of the task force executed a search warrant at a home located in Springdale, Arkansas. While at the home, law enforcement encountered the defendant, Anthony Yager, and confiscated a laptop computer that Yager admitted belonged to him. A subsequent forensic examination of the computer revealed multiple videos of minors engaged in sexual activity. Additionally, law enforcement determined that Yager had previously been convicted of a sexual offense and was consequently required to register as a sex offender. Yager now faces increased penalties as a result of his previous conviction.

This case was investigated by the Springdale Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts prosecuted the case for the United States.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and their Criminal Division Child Exploitation and Obscenity Sections (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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